Essay about Review Of ' Harrison Bergeron ' By Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

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The government is essential to a functioning society. In a state of nature, where there is no government, there would be chaos. Adversely, there would be chaos as well. How much control is too much control? In his short story, Harrison Bergeron, Kurt Vonnegut Jr. (1961) gives us a look into a constrained and constricted world, full of rules and regulations. A world where the government dominates every aspect of one’s life. On the opposite spectrum, Octavia Butler’s (1983) Speech Sounds explores what a non-existing government truly means. With no authority comes a host of problems. In both Harrison Bergeron (Vonnegut, 1961) and Speech Sounds (Butler, 1983), the government’s presence, or lack-of, affects how people communicate, and thus alters human behavior and how relationships function. In Vonnegut’s (1961) text, authority limits free expression by creating a constant fear of tarnishing the equality, while in Butler’s (1983), the lack of order brings survival to the forefront, causing all interactions to be defensive.

In the world in which Harrison Bergeron lives, those with exceptional intelligence are required by law to wear a radio in their ear at all times. This gadget is an attempt to “keep people...from taking unfair advantage of their brains,” (Vonnegut, 1961, Page 1). Those that have to wear the radio transmitter receive bursts of sharp noises constantly. This significantly affects how one is able to formulate a thought to communicate. Often times, the…

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